bonding

noun
bond·​ing | \ ˈbän-diŋ How to pronounce bonding (audio) \

Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association
2 : the attaching of a material (such as porcelain) to a tooth surface especially for cosmetic purposes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bonding

Synonyms

adherence, adhesion, cling

Antonyms

unsticking

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Examples of bonding in a Sentence

He and his dad spent the weekend together for some male bonding. this epoxy has good bonding for glass and ceramics

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Some are more skilled than others at that, but the whole thing becomes a bonding experience for the women. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Here’s How Much the Love Island Cast Spent on New Clothes for the Villa," 9 July 2019 For the Spurs’ trio of 2019 draft picks — Johnson, Luka Samanic and Quinndary Weatherspoon — Sunday’s visit from 2K Sports represented another bonding experience in a head-spinning summertime full of them. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs’ incoming rookies, the bond is real," 8 July 2019 The visual is ripped right from The Chemical Brothers' interactive live performance, a beautiful bonding experience between dancers and the duo, which next comes to New York City and Montreal Aug. 1 and 3, respectively. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Chemical Brothers Announce 'Surrender' Reissue, Share 'Eve Of Destruction' Video: Watch," 10 June 2019 As is to be expected, there’s also plenty of bonding over Budweiser along the way. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Budweiser Releases Tear-Jerking Commercial Honoring Stepdads Ahead of Father's Day," 14 June 2019 The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Serena Williams Shares The Tradition Of Hair Braiding With Her 1-Year-Old Daughter," 13 June 2019 The show ended on a note of feminine bonding — the abuser/rapist was dead, and the five women set aside their complicated rivalries and took affirmative walks together on the beach. Hank Stuever, Twin Cities, "‘Big Little Lies’ returns. This time with Meryl Streep.," 6 June 2019 The show ended on a note of feminine bonding — the abuser/rapist was dead, and the five women set aside their complicated rivalries and took affirmative walks together on the beach. Washington Post, "‘Big Little Lies’ returns with more (and still more) of its exquisite, high-end suffering," 6 June 2019 This was a pleasant conversation, a moment of bonding. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "Madonna at Sixty," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of bonding

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bonding was in 1969

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bonding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bonding

: the process of forming a close relationship with someone

bonding

noun
bond·​ing

Medical Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association — see male bonding
2 : a dental technique in which a material and especially plastic or porcelain is attached to a tooth surface to correct minor defects (as chipped or discolored teeth) especially for cosmetic purposes

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